Mental health awareness organization 'Take This' announced that it will be continuing its association with PAX at PAX East 2014, with a presentation on the best way to discuss important mental health issues with co-workers, a dedicated "AFK Room" for attendees who need a quiet space to take a break from the show and a program specifically designed to help PAX East's volunteer "Enforcers" with recognizing and assisting attendees in need.
Take This says that it has been working with PAX organizers since the Fall of 2013 to find new ways that the Take This message (increasing awareness, education and empathy for those suffering from emotional issues) can benefit the PAX audience. The result of that work is an educational curriculum specifically tailored for the PAX volunteer "Enforcers" at PAX East. Take This will be consulting with and counseling the Enforcers prior to the event and will be on-site during show to help ensure that those who are struggling with emotional issues can get to the help that they need.
In addition, Take This will be staffing the "Take This AFK Room" at PAX East. The space will provide a safe spot for attendees to take a break from the show if they are feel overwhelmed or anxious. The AFK room will be staffed with "Take This-certified mental health care clinicians and volunteers."
The Take This panel will also be returning to PAX East. The panel discussion ("But I'm Not Crazy!") will be moderated by Take This founders Russ Pitts (Polygon Features Editor) and Susan Arendt (Joystiq Editor in Chief) and vice president Mark Kline Psy.D. It will also feature Sean Baptiste from Firehose Games and Mitch Dyer from IGN. "But I'm Not Crazy!" will be at 12:30pm ET in the Arachnid Theater.
PAX East 2014 takes place April 11 – 13 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston.